Ahimsa – Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu doctrine of non-violence and avoidance of killing or causing harm to any living thing; respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.
She’d been going through a particularly tough patch which included the deaths of three family members in a short period and the breakdown of her marriage.
In trying to help her a friend said, “There is always something good in even the worst of days, something you can enjoy and be grateful for. It might be small and of little or no consequence but if you recognise it at the time and recall it again last thing before going to sleep it will help.”
She dismissed this as psychobabble at the time but while driving home later in the day she rounded a corner and saw lambs gambolling among a large patch of daffodils.
She smiled, remembered what her friend had said and felt a little ray of sunshine pierce the dark clouds inside her.
She told me this story more than a year later when her life was much happier, but said she still made sure to recognise something good each day and recall it last thing at night.
Life got in the way of my good intention to follow suit, but I am constantly reminded of blessing great and small in my life and decided to record one thing for which I’m grateful in a blog post each day this year.
Today I’m grateful for unexpected joy in little things like gambolling lambs and daffodils.
. . . how you can keep a New Year’s resolution to make no resolutions when in the making of it you break it?
Think before you speak is criticism’s motto; speak before you think, creation’s. – E. M. Forster who was born on this day in 1879.
45 BC The Julian calendar took effect for the first time.
1001 – Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary was named the first King of Hungary by Pope Silvester II.
1449 Lorenzo de’ Medici, Italian statesman, was born.
1651 Charles II was crowned King of Scotland.
1735 Paul Revere, American patriot, was born (d. 1818).
1772 – The first traveller’s cheques, which could be used in 90 European cities, went on sale in London.
1779 William Clowes, English printer, was born (d. 1847).
1788 First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, was published.
1800 The Dutch East India Company was dissolved.
1801 The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland was completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1804 French rule ended in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country on the American Continent after the U.S.
1808 The importation of slaves into the United States was banned.
1810 Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB officially became Governor of New South Wales.
1833 The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
1833 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect, was born (d. 1902).
1861 Porfirio Díaz conquered Mexico City.
1876 The Reichsbank opened in Berlin.
1877 Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India.
1879 E. M. Forster, English novelist, was born (d. 1970).
1890 Eritrea was consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
1892 Ellis Island opened to begin processing immigrants into the United States.
1894 – The Manchester Ship Canal,was officially opened to traffic.
1895 J. Edgar Hoover, American FBI director, was born (d. 1972).
1899 – Spanish rule ended in Cuba.
1901 – The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federated as theCommonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton was appointed the first Prime Minister.
1912 The Republic of China was established.
1912 Kim Philby, British spy, was born (d. 1988).
1919 J. D. Salinger, American novelist, was born (d. 2010).
1934 Alcatraz Island became a United States federal prison.
1939 William Hewlett and David Packard founded Hewlett-Packard.
1948 The British railway network was nationalised to form British Railways.
1951 New Zealand’s upper house, the Legislative Council, was abolished.
1956 The Republic of the Sudan gained independence.
1958 The European Communitywas established.
1960 The Republic of Cameroon achieved independence.
1962 – United States Navy SEALs established.
1982 – Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar became the first Latin American to be Secretary General of the United Nations.
1984 – The Sultanate of Brunei became independent.
1985 The Internet‘s Domain Name Systemwas created.
1990 – David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City’s first black mayor.
1993 – A single market within the European Community was introduced.
1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect.
1995 The World Trade Organisation came into effect.
1995 – The Draupner wave in the North Sea was detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
1998 – The European Central Bank was established.
2006 – Sydney, sweltered through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometer peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
2007 – Adam Air Flight 574 disappeared over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
2009 – 66 died in nightclub fire in Bangkok.
2010 – A suicide car bomber detonated at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more.
2011 – A bomb exploded as Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, left a new year service, killing 23 people.
2012 – A Moldovan civilian was fatally wounded by a Russian peacekeeper in the Transnistrian security zone, leading to demonstrations against Russia.
2013 – At least 60 people were killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
2014 – Latvia joined the Eurozone.
2014 – asteroid 2014 AA hit the Earth over the Atlantic Ocean.
2015 – Lithuania became the 19th member of the Eurozone.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.